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Report: Detroit Lions signing QB Jeff Driskel

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Well the Lions’ QB situation just somehow got even MORE interesting.

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It turns out the Detroit Lions may not be ready to hand the backup quarterback job to rookie quarterback David Blough after the surprise release of veteran Josh Johnson.

As first reported by The Detroit News, the corresponding move to that cut will be the Lions signing former Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel.

Driskel is a 2016 sixth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers. He didn’t make their final cuts his rookie season, but the Cincinnati Bengals scooped him up from waivers, and he spent the following three seasons on their quarterback depth chart.

Last year, Driskel started the last five games for the Bengals after starter Andy Dalton went down with an injury. In those games, Driskel completed 58.6 percent of his passes for five touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 79.6.

Driskel was placed on injured reserve this offseason after suffering a hamstring injury, but the Bengals released him last week with an injury designation.

It’s unclear what Driskel’s current health status is, but the Lions reportedly worked him out last week, so they likely have a good idea.

Given that Driskel is a little more experienced, he may be considered the Lions’ backup for the rest of the season, but he’ll have to learn the playbook quick if the Lions plan to have him jump in right away over rookie David Blough.